White House lawyers begin Trump defence Jan 26, 2020 0 317 12345 AFPWashingtonWhite House lawyers began presenting their defence of Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, saying the president had done nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine and accusing Democrats of seeking to overturn the results of the 2016 election.White House counsel Pat Cipollone took the floor for opening arguments at a rare weekend session of the 100-member Senate, which will decide whether the 45th US president should be removed from office.Democratic prosecutors which impeached Trump on December 18, had not made their case that the president was guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, Cipollone said at only the third impeachment trial in US history.“We don’t believe that they have come anywhere close to meeting their burden for what they’re asking you to do,” he told a hushed Senate chamber. “In fact, we believe when you hear the facts... you will find that the president did absolutely nothing wrong.” House prosecutors spent the previous three days laying out a detailed case that Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to open an investigation into political rival Joe Biden.Cipollone said Democrats were asking the Senate to “overturn the results of the last election” and remove Trump from the ballot in the upcoming November vote.“They’re asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done,” the White House counsel said.“They’re asking you to tear up all of the ballots across this country,” he said. “Take that decision away from the American people. They are here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history and we can’t allow that to happen.” Shortly before the defence began its presentation, Trump fired off a tweet with insulting nicknames for leading Democrats and told his supporters to tune in to the live television broadcast.The Republican president also tweeted remarks from supporters lauding his achievements since taking office in January 2017.Trump’s lawyers will have 24 hours spread over three days to present their defence of the president to the Senate, where Republicans hold a 53 to 47 seat majority.“I don’t believe anything they’ve said so far is impeachable,” Senator Rick Scott told reporters after Democrats wrapped up their case on Friday night. RELATED ARTICLES China warns of ‘grave’ situation as it rushes to build hospitals; toll hits 41 Jan 26, 2020 0 482 US Space Force logo draws comparisons to ‘Star Trek’ Jan 26, 2020 0 972 Jan 26, 2020 0 1144 Hong Kong declares virus outbreak an ‘emergency’ HONG KONG on Saturday declared a new coronavirus outbreak as an “emergency” -- the city’s highest warning tier -- as authorities ramped up measures to reduce the risk of further infections. The announcement came as city .. Australia confirms first cases of virus from China AFP Sydney Australia confirmed on Saturday its first four cases of the new coronavirus that has claimed 41 lives in China, becoming the latest country in a growing list to be affected by the illness. One man was being .. Indian govt ends internet blackout in Kashmir AFP Srinagar, India Indian authorities on Saturday restored internet in Indian Kashmir after a five-and-a half-month blackout but maintained a block on social media sites. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government .. France becomes first EU nation to confirm coronavirus cases DPA Paris/Beijing A DEADLY new virus that has infected hundreds of people in China has permeated the borders of the European Union, with France becoming the first European country to confirm cases of the virus within its ..